This article contains opinion. All stats current as of April 18.
The NBA playoffs are now in full swing, and it’s can’t-miss action folks.
There have been upsets, unexpected outcomes and outrageous outbursts. If you’ve missed any of it, here are some early upset alerts.
One of the most interesting stories of the 2019 NBA playoffs has been the ongoing beef between Patrick Beverly and Kevin Durant.
The Clippers have exceeded all expectations this season. No one expected Clip City to make the playoffs this season after losing Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan, not to mention dealing one of its best remaining players, Tobias Harris, midseason.
One of the biggest reasons for LA’s success this season has been due to maximum effort from its players. Championship-winning coach Doc Rivers has a way of getting the most out of his players, and point guard Patrick Beverly is a prime example of this team’s mentality.
Beverly is known around the NBA as a defensive player extraordinaire. Kevin Durant has learned this first-hand in this playoff series. Beverly played tight defense against a myriad of Warriors players, and Durant was on the receiving end of much of it.
After being forced out-of-bounds in game one, Beverly got into Durant’s face, and the players had a verbal altercation that resulted in both players being ejected. Many thought this would be the end of it and Durant would be more level-headed in game two.
This was not the case.
After taking game one, Beverly and his squad managed to get under Durant’s skin again in game two as he received a technical from engaging Beverly verbally. Luckily, for the Warriors, they were still able to come away with the victory. With the series currently tied at 1-1, it is going to be interesting to see whether the Warriors can remain cool and collected.
In the Eastern Conference, one series has stuck out above the rest.
The highly touted Philadelphia 76ers have been struggling against the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn seems to have put it together this season, as it has tallied 42 wins in the regular season. The Nets have surged behind all-star D’Angelo Russell. Many experts had them losing against the third-seeded 76ers.
Apparently, Brooklyn didn’t get the message, as the Nets took game one from Philadelphia 111-102. Russell put up 26 points and led his squad to victory in their first playoff series in four years.
After this demoralizing defeat, Philly responded to Brooklyn’s fiery start swiftly. The 76ers took game two in a high-scoring affair. The 76ers had six players that put up points in the double digits in their 145-123 victory.
With both teams taking a victory, it appears that it is going to be a long series between to teams that have a lot to prove.
Will Brooklyn overcome the odds? Or will Philadelphia take its place as one of the best in the NBA?
Every year, there are series that have unexpected outcomes. These matchups could very well be one of the upsets.